The International Fund is a bold new multilateral initiative designed to boost the economic resilience of independent media in low- and middle-income countries and foster a new paradigm of sustainability for journalism.

The Fund is announcing a global open call for proposals to support independent media organizations investing in audience strategies to better serve the public.


In order to be eligible to apply for and receive funding through this open call, media organizations must:

  • Be an established legal entity that is none of the following:

    • A publicly listed and/or traded company

    • A subsidiary of a larger organization or corporation with significant activities outside media

    • Majority-owned by an active political actor

  • Meet the International Fund’s definition of public interest media and focus on publishing original, public interest content.

  • Operate in one or more of the 40 eligible countries (see FAQs for full list)

  • Have total annual costs of at least $300,000 USD in the most recent fiscal year

  • Have existed and continuously published for more than three years

  • Not have distributed dividends to shareholders in the last three years

  • Have net income below 5% of total income (average over 3 years) and a cash runway of less than 12 months